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Updated Diploma of WHS Qualification - BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: There is a new release (September 2019) of the Diploma of Work Health and Safety BSB51319. Should I enrol now or wait until Pinnacle offers the newest qualification?

A: The updated qualification supersedes and is equivalent to BSB51315 (Pinnacle’s current program), so there is no reason to delay your enrolment.

Q: I have already commenced my course, so what qualification will I receive?

A: You will receive BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety - this is, and will continue to be recognised as an acceptable, professional qualification. There is no legislative requirement to upgrade your qualification, so it is perfectly acceptable to use this qualification in your professional context for the foreseeable future.

Q: How can I upgrade to the newer qualification?

A: You will be eligible for Credit Transfer for the units that you have completed which are equivalent to the BSB51319 units of competency. There is an additional unit in the BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety, so we will offer a means of bridging to gain the newer qualification.

Q: My employer wants me to upgrade from BSB51315 Diploma to the latest BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety. Will I have to do the whole course again?

A: You will not have to re-do units you have already completed. You will be eligible for Credit Transfer for many units and we will offer a means of bridging to gain the newer qualification.

Q: When will you deliver the new release BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety?

A: We are conducting a gap analysis and should be in a position to offer the new Diploma in Work Health and Safety in the first quarter of 2020.

I hold the older BSB51312 Diploma of Work Health and Safety - should I upgrade?

A: According to the Vocational Education and Training regulator BSB51312 Diploma of Work Health and Safety is superseded by and equivalent to BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety (Pinnacle’s current program). This is, in turn, superseded by and equivalent to BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety. When considering maintaining your current knowledge and skills, upgrading to the BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety could be viewed as valuable professional development.

Q: How are the Diploma of Work Health and Safety entry prerequisites affected by the release of BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety?

A: The prerequisites for completing the Diploma of Work Health and Safety is to hold the following 5 core units from either BSB41412, BSB41415 or BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety:

  1. BSBWHS412 Assist with workplace compliance with WHS laws, or
    BSBWHS402A/BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws

  2. BSBWHS413 Contribute to implementation and maintenance of WHS consultation and participation processes, or
    BSBWHS403A/BSBWHS403 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes

  3. BSBWHS414 Contribute to WHS risk management, or
    BSBWHS404A/BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control

  4. BBSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS management systems, or
    BSBWHS405A/BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems

  5. BSBWHS416 Contribute to workplace incident response, or
    BSBWHS406A/BSBWHS406 Assist with responding to incidents

Q: Can I enrol in the Diploma of Work Health and Safety course if I hold BSB41407 Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety qualification?

A: BSB41407 Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety is not equivalent to BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. However please contact our friendly Sales and Service team on 1300 990 810 for information about applying for Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for the BSB41412 or BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety core units.

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